Bill Donohue, president of the
conservative Catholic League, says he was forced to reverse course on
marching in this year's annual New York City Gay Pride parade.
Donohue, an ardent opponent of gay
rights, is pursuing a boycott of Guinness over the beer company's
decision to withdraw its support from New York City's St. Patrick's
Day parade over the parade's exclusion of gay groups.
Donohue calls on Catholics to boycott beer companies over pro-gay
Last week, he applied to march in
June's Gay Pride parade under a “Straight is Great” banner.
Pride responded in a press release that Donohue and his group
“are free to participate in the 2014 March.”
But on Friday, Donohue backed out,
claiming organizers were forcing him to attend “gay training
“Today, I informed Heritage of Pride
officials that I objected to their rule requiring me to attend gay
training sessions, or what they call 'information sessions,'”
said in a blog post. “'I don't agree with your rule,' I said.
They responded by saying that attendance was 'mandatory.'”
“It is hypocritical for gay activists
to complain about having to abide by the mandatory rules of the St.
Patrick's Day parade, and then inform me that I cannot march in their
parade unless I respect their mandatory rules, rules that I reject,”
“Good luck to the Heritage of Pride
participants. I may be watching it from far, but I sure won't be
downing a Guinness afterwards,” he added.